All that we make evolves around our plant based colour palettes. It is at the core of all we design. Its what we spend the majority of our time doing, heads in steaming pots of eucalyptus leaves watching the colour deepen.
When we say ‘natural dye’ we are referring to the act of extracting colour from plants, flowers and vegetables. We also like the terms ‘plant dye’, ‘botanical dye’ and ‘grown colour’.
Unfortunately when you hear ‘natural dye’ it dosen’t always mean safe or toxic free textiles, many people still use harsh chemicals to achieve certain shades or improve colour fastness. At AMMA we have spent a long time developing our dye recipes, using the safest mordants. Although we still have steps to take in order to achieve our full vision we are happy with the progress we have made so far and are constantly challenged to keep improving.
Naturally dyed products are often (and should be!) more expensive than their synthetic cousins. One main contributing factor to this is time. We choose to use handwoven cotton fabric where each weft thread is passed through the warp threads on a carbon neutral wooden handloom. This takes a lot of time.
We wait in hotels to collect the waste avocado stones and walk in the forests to collect fallen eucalyptus leaves. We pluck the dead heads from the marigold plants and brave the rain to reach remote tea factories.
Once the fabric arrives in our workshop it goes through up to eight stages before being sewn into your product.
We then might add embroidery or piece many different coloured fabrics together to form a patchwork.
Read about the making of our avocado apron.
The AMMA workshop is embedded amongst the local community and nestled within vegetable patches and tea fields. This is where all of our products are produced with all production under one roof (except for our partner weavers.)
Our space houses our dye kitchen, dye room, sewing room, cutting + ironing space and office. With an aim to have a handloom, making AMMA a fully vertical production unit.